National Identity Card

El Anatsui
National Identity Card, 2021
Painted wood
Work: 177 x 225 cm

Through works such as National Identity Card, Anatsui subtly gestures at the different things that make up and breakapart an identity — fingerprints, a connection to heritage and folkloric traditions as well as more contemporary tools of identification such as DNA recognition. By embracing one’s identity with and without its limits, Anatsui reflects his principle of thinking about life as “a beautiful phenomenon to be experienced and not a problem to be solved.”